THERE was no action for Bideford at the weekend, but a midweek away win following their opening day success at home have made it a perfect start so far for Bideford on their return to Southern League competition. They followed up their opening match win a

THERE was no action for Bideford at the weekend, but a midweek away win following their opening day success at home have made it a perfect start so far for Bideford on their return to Southern League competition.

They followed up their opening match win at home to Andover with a 2-0 Zameretto South and West Division result away to old adversaries Frome, who themselves moved up from the Toolstation Western League only two seasons ago and finished fifth last term.

Kevin Squires couldn't travel, but the Robins didn't have any real injury concerns and started the game with the same XI as against Andover.

Bideford won with a battling team effort and goals from Matt Bye and a Darren Hawkings free kick.

With end to end action for the first half it was the Robins who took their chances, the first goal coming after Matt Andrew was brought down on the edge of the box and Hawkings stepped up to continue his excellent free kick record from last season.

The Bideford defence were outstanding, especially Dominic Rivans, and keeper Armstrong-Ford was impressive, particularly with one spectacular save just before the break.

The Robins continued to shine in the second half and increased their lead when Jamie Mudge squared the ball to Matt Andrew, whose shot was parried by the Frome keeper, but only for Bye to pounce and slam the ball home.

There was no league game on Saturday due to postponement of their game with Bromsgrove, allowing a rest before this Saturday's home game with Zameretto League rivals Wimborne in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.